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    The interaction effect of government non-financial support and firm’s regulatory compliance on firm innovativeness in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Njinyah, Sam ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7746-9750, Asongu, Simplice and Ngozi, Adeleye (2022) The interaction effect of government non-financial support and firm’s regulatory compliance on firm innovativeness in Sub-Saharan Africa. European Journal of Innovation Management, 26 (7). pp. 45-64. ISSN 1460-1060

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    Abstract

    Purpose The purpose of this study is to assess the interaction effect of government non-financial support and firms' regulatory compliance on firms' innovativeness. Firms' regulatory compliance with environmental and safety issues has been suggested as one of the reasons why firms innovate. Such compliance provides legitimacy, improves reputation and corporate image, and enhances customer loyalty and competitive advantages, which influence firm innovativeness. However, regulatory compliance is costly and with limited resources, the role of government support is crucial as a moderator, to help firms become more compliant and influence their innovativeness. Design/methodology/approach The study uses data from the World Bank Enterprise Innovation Survey for seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Findings Regulatory compliance has a positive and significant effect on firm innovativeness. Increased use of government non-financial support enhances the level of firm regulatory compliance and the effect of regulatory compliance on firm innovativeness. Originality/value The study contributes to the literature on compliance and firm innovativeness in Africa by showing how the positive effect of regulatory compliance on firm innovativeness is stronger when firms benefit from government non-financial support.

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